After being seized, detained and fined for not wearing a mask while jogging on Sunday in Avoca, north of Durban, a DURBAN man is seething with rage. Asheel Sewsanker, 24, left his residence for his daily jog at 7:30am on Sunday. His family panicked when he did not return. Via private security company Response Unit South Africa, a missing person warning was sent out (Rusa). The family of Sewsanker confirmed to Rusa that his mobile phone was turned off and it was futile to attempt to locate him on the path where he jogged.
Meanwhile, by not wearing a mask in public, Sewsanker was in violation of the National Disaster Management Act at the Greenwood Park SAPS. Police Minister Bheki Cele called on South Africans at the end of January to heed the government’s call to comply with the adjusted Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
He said that since the start of the adjusted Level 3 lockdown on December 29, 2020, 20,000 people have been arrested and/or fined for violation of the Act. Sewsanker told Independent Media that he was one meter away from his front gate when he was stopped by a police car with two officers inside. Before he could warn anyone at home, he was loaded into the back of the van and taken away. He did not have his cellphone either.
As the police van circled Avoca, three others were arrested. For around 20 minutes, I was in the police cell because the computer system was down. I do not recall the cell numbers of my parents. To warn my parents, I had to call my boss. My fingerprints were taken and a statement was then made. I was offered the option of a fine or a court appearance. It took five hours to process. It has been really stressful,’ said Sewsanker. He paid a fine of R1 000 on admission of guilt.
Cele acknowledged the arrest of 7 455 people who were found not wearing masks in public.rcled Avoca with concern. “These arrests were made despite the fact that people were repeatedly advised to remove their masks. It is mandatory to wear a mask and individuals found without one in public are committing an offence.
“Wearing masks is for your safety as well as for the safety of others around you,” Cele said. Cele said law enforcement officials did not appreciate these arrests being made. He said that police officers had no choice but to act for the sake of saving lives. More than 342,000 individuals have been detained for contravening the Act since the start of the national lockdown in March 2020.
Cele said law enforcement officials did not appreciate these arrests being made. He said that police officers had no choice but to act for the sake of saving lives. More than 342,000 individuals have been detained for contravening the Act since the start of the national lockdown in March 2020. You may arrest and prosecute a person who does not wear a mask. On arrest, for a period not exceeding 6 months, they will be responsible for a fine or incarceration, or both a fine and imprisonment.